There was a time when search engines like MSN, Bing, Yahoo and Google were considered as the only source of website traffic. Now things have changed a lot. Social network sites like FB, Twitter, Google+ are used by billions of people across the world. When you have a good audience on sites like Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Instagram, you don’t have to depend on search engines for website traffic. Blogs are probably incomplete without a social media plugin. These plugins make sharing of blog posts easier for visitors. Almost all websites (excluding social network sites) have such plugins installed on their website. Below are the three main advantages of these plugins:
Improves referral traffic: If users see social network buttons on your site, they’ll use it to share your blog posts on popular social networks Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, etc. Although backlinks from social network sites are Nofollow, some search engines consider them as a ranking signal. Thus, your blog post rankings will increase automatically.
Easy to add: Adding the Facebook Like Box, Twitter widget requires you to edit your WordPress theme code. If you’re not comfortable in modifying codes, you can use a WordPress social media plugin to automate this task.
Customizable: Best WordPress social media plugins will allow its users to change icons, fonts, position of social network buttons. They also allow you to add a Nofollow attribute to the links.
Top 5 Best WordPress social media plugins for 2016
AddThis: This plugin has similar features as ShareThis. Along with its ability to add FB, twitter, Google plus sharing buttons, AddThis can add social media follow buttons to your blog’s sidebar.
Simple share buttons adder: This is a lightweight WordPress plugin. It has a settings page that allows you to set social sharing buttons location on posts, excerpts, pages, archives, etc. Users are allowed to add a title to the social network buttons. The font, color, size, border color, the width of the title text is changeable. Social share button plugin offers eight attractive image sets. It allows you to set button size, padding, alignment. This plugin can maintain a count of shared posts.
Social Media Widget: When installed, this plugin will automatically generate a fully customizable sidebar widget. The widget has options to change icon size, pack, alignment, animation, opacity. You can configure SMW plugin to open sharing links in new window. You can add a custom alt tag and title to social buttons.